Towards an understanding of the characteristics of 'sustainable' food networks

Michel-Villarreal, Rosario (2018) Towards an understanding of the characteristics of 'sustainable' food networks. In: Postgraduate Research Showcase Conference, February 2018, University of Lincoln.

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In recent times, attention has been given to alternative food networks (AFNs), which are considered to be more sustainable than conventional food systems. AFNs are forms of food provisioning with characteristics different from mainstream modes. Some of their attributes can be locality, social justice, ecological sustainability and economic viability. However, there are criticisms regarding the overall sustainability promise of AFNs which relate to sufficiency of impact, possible countereffects and relevance of impacts. This study aims to shed some light on these issues by studying the characteristics, external environment and members’ sustainability practices of six AFNs within three different national settings: Finland, UK and Mexico. This research will involve the use of six case studies. Qualitative and quantitative research in the form of a questionnaire for the assessment of sustainability, and focus group and interviews for the profiling and supply chain mapping of the selected case studies will be carried out.

Keywords:Sustainable development
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:33099
Deposited On:20 Oct 2018 19:39

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